Naso brachycentron

Humpback Unicornfish
Naso brachycentron
Naso brachycentron, male, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Naso brachycentron
Naso brachycentron, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Naso brachycentron
Naso brachycentron, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Naso brachycentron
Naso brachycentron
Naso brachycentron


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Dark grey upper body grading to pale grey below, central hump on back (more prominent in large males), two tail spines and lunate tail. Males with tapering horn on forehead.


Max Size: 90 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.9-31.3°C

Depth: 8-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.76

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.1% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (3 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.